Filmmaking is essentially a tool through which a story is presented to the audience in the form of different shots and sequences. A filmmaker needs to master several important techniques in order to prove successful in this competitive industry. Although some of these techniques might seem basic, they are as important as the more advanced shots. Getting the perfect shot requires excellent coordination between the director, camera operator as well as the actors. Nailing the perfect shot isn’t as easy as it looks, it takes a lot of professionals to be able to work with each other as a single team.

Here are a couple of important camera techniques that every aspiring filmmaker needs to master:

· Over the shoulder shot
As the name suggests, this shot involves a shot where the actor’s shoulder is in the foreground and is out of focus. Getting the right amount of shoulder within the shot can be a difficult affair even for serious filmmakers. However, it is not a shot that should be skipped either since many films require the over the shoulder shot to move the story of the film forward.

· Tilt Shots
Although tilting up or down might sound like an easy thing to do, it is often either poorly executed or overused by filmmakers. An experienced film maker can make magic with a well done tilt shot combined with excellent coordination between the camera operator and an action scene. The classic “Schindler’s List” is a great example where Steven Spielberg used tilt shots perfectly.

· Panning Shots
The horizontal counterpart of a tilt shot is called a panning shot. Although they are simple to execute, it takes a bit of practice to get them right. A well-executed panning shot will get the audience draw in to what is happening on the screen and create a more emotional effect than any other shot. Steven Spielberg has used panning shots perfectly in several of his acclaimed films.

· Zoom Shots
The zoom shot needs to be executed smoothly to be able to blend in with the scene. This technique was a huge favourite in the early 90’s ad was used in popular movies like Hannibal, Gladiator, etc. To get the right effect of this particular shot, you need to ensure that the camera is not jerky.

· Tracking Shots
One of the more complicated camera techniques, tracking shots are executed by mounting the camera on a dolly and moving it along the tracks. Although it sounds easy to execute, it takes a lot of practice to get it done the right way. The camera should be able to focus on the scene throughout the tracking shot and avoid any objects it eh foreground from enhancing the parallax. Directors like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott have used tracking shots to shoot dynamic sequences in several of their popular movies.

· Crane Shots
Crane shots can be quite expensive as they require the use of a crane to be executed flawlessly. However, huge Hollywood production use crane shots to get wider shots using this particular technique.


When a movie leaves a mark on your heart, then it is evident that it is a good movie and there are chances that you will see that movie again. Have you ever thought of what made the movie so special? It could be the actors, the story, the message the movie has conveyed, etc. could be the reason behind making the movie special. Here is a list of movies, which you would like to see again and again for its brilliant making, acting, and the storyline.

Avatar is considered as one of best movies ever made. The visual treat one got from the movie is unforgettable. The special effects have been used to the core so that one can actually feel what is going on in the movie. The film made use of the complete 3D technique which was successful in showing the visual beauty. It is a special movie that talks about the lover story of cross-species and this movie are worth seeing again. The Scarface movie tells you the story of an immigrant who turned as a gangster. The movie will take you through the power, the gangster earns and how greed can destroy a person.

The notebook which was released in 2004 portraits a beautiful love story that starts with the teenage and ends as they get older. The movie tells about how women measure a man. The 1999 flick Audition is also on the list of good movies to watch. This picture can be put under the horror movies. The story is about a man planning to get married again and for that he keeps an audition. The women he selects is of a strange nature, and that is where the story starts. This movie keeps the viewer glued to his seat until the finish.

The 2006 movie The One Percent portraits a life which most of us will never have. The story is about the wealthiest families in America and how the wealth affects a young person in his future. In the movie Cinderella Man, you can see the fights a person has to do so that he can get the heavyweight championship. This movie gives you the true spirit of sports along with a beautiful love story. Many dialogues in the movie gained so much popularity that people still remember the scenes. The 1995 movie Bad Boys is still a personal favorite to many. This buddy cop movie was made alive by Martin Lawrence and will smith. The exciting car races, superb visuals will make you watch the movie again and again.

The movie Leon: The professional released in 1994 was an immediate hit. This movie says the story about a professional assassin who teaches a young girl the tricks of the trade and helps her to seek vengeance to the person who has killed her parents. This is one of those movies where you will be taking the side of the killer rather than the hero. Other movies like Love& Basketball, Hurt Locker, Princess Bride, Gandhi, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Pirates of the Carribean, Knock out, Back to future, etc. has also made to the list of the movies which falls in the all-time favorites. When you watch these movies once, it is a guarantee that you will go back again to watch it.